Strowd Roses awards grants to qualified tax-exempt organizations based in Chapel Hill or Carrboro or devoted primarily to benefiting those communities.
Strowd Roses, Inc. is a private charitable foundation which was established in 2001 under the will of Mrs. Irene Harrison Strowd of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In endowing the foundation, Mrs. Strowd wished to honor the memory of her husband, Fletcher Eugene Strowd, by providing in perpetuity for the maintenance and care of the Community Rose Garden which he founded, and by funding projects and organizations which would improve the quality of life for residents of the greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. Significant additional funding was provided by the estate of Mrs. Strowd’s sister, Gladis Harrison Adams.
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Out of those foundation assets not required for maintenance of the Community Rose Garden, the Board of Directors of Strowd Roses, Inc. makes grants to qualified tax-exempt organizations based in Chapel Hill or Carrboro or devoted primarily to benefiting the citizens of those communities.
Grants may also be made to individuals engaged in projects designed to enhance the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community. Where grants are given for projects with target populations that extend beyond Chapel Hill and Carrboro, applicants must be prepared to track the impact of the project on the residents of those communities.
Grants may, at the Board’s discretion, be used for operating support, as well as capital expenditures, seed money and matching grants. Grants to individuals may be used for scholarships or fellowships; to produce a report or similar product; or to improve or enhance a literary, artistic, musical, scientific, teaching or similar capacity, skill or talent which will be used to benefit the life of the Chapel Hill or Carrboro communities.
Preference will be given to private organizations that meet the criteria above. While Strowd Roses does entertain applications from local governmental entities and from programs affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, such applications are subject to a higher level of scrutiny. In general, no grants will be given for one-time events such as academic conferences unless such events are integral to an ongoing program having demonstrable community impact.
In considering grant requests, the Board gives priority to those which:
As a rule, grants will be made for one year only and will not exceed $10,000. The median grant size awarded is $5,000.
NOTE: Any changes to the use of grant funds as stated in the proposal, or the timeline of spending down the funds within one year of receipt, must be reviewed and approved in advance by the board.
Repeat Applications: The Board may at its discretion entertain a request for renewal of grant support, but all such repeat requests must be submitted on the appropriate form, and no repeat application will be considered until the applicant has submitted an accounting for use of its previous grant(s) (see below, Reporting Requirements).
Limitation on frequency of repeat applications: In an effort to respond to emerging community needs, Strowd Roses limits grants to any single applicant to no more than one in any 12-month period and no more than two in any 36-month period. For example, an applicant that received a grant in June of 2011 and another in June of 2012 would not be eligible to receive further support until June of 2014.
For programs affiliated with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools: Strowd Roses does not entertain any individual grant requests from City Schools-related programs. Instead, Strowd Roses makes an annual block grant to cover funding requests from programs operating under the auspices of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. This grant is administered by the Public School Foundation of Chapel-Hill Carrboro. For more information go here.
Applicants should submit the following:
Application materials should be submitted so as to be received by one of the deadlines shown below by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Board of Directors meets three times a year — in mid-March,mid-June and mid-September — to consider grant requests. The following are the deadlines for submission of applications:
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THESE DEADLINES ARE FINAL – NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.
Applications received after these deadlines, or any applications which are incomplete, will be held over for consideration at the next scheduled meeting. No emergency or other special requests will be considered outside of the regular cycle set forth above. Applicants will be notified within a month of each meeting (by April 15, July 15, or October 15) of the Board’s action on their requests.
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All grant recipients shall, no later than the end of one year following receipt of funding, submit a report to the Board of Directors describing the use of funds set forth in the grant request. Any changes to the use of grant funds as stated in the proposal, or the timeline of spending down the funds within one year of receipt, must be reviewed and approved in advance by the board.
Unspent funds: Unless otherwise specified by Strowd Roses, all grant monies are expected to be spent within one year of receipt. Any balance unspent by the end of that period must be reported by the grantee and a plan for use of the balance provided to Strowd Roses’ board of directors. The board may, at its discretion, extend the period for use of the funds; otherwise, all unspent funds shall revert to Strowd Roses. Grants for capital improvements may be disbursed in installments, according to a schedule to be determined by Strowd Roses in consultation with the grantee.